MACROECONOMICS AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP
Knowledge Networking and Capacity Building
Program on Engendering Macroeconomics
and International Economics
Summer Institute and International Symposium
July 17-29, 2012
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
In partnership with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Gender Equality and
the Economy Program at the Levy Economics Institute, and in coordination
GEM-IWG is pleased to announce the 2012 cycle of
its Knowledge Networking and Capacity Development Program on gender,
macroeconomics and international economics. This program aims to facilitate
the integration of a gender perspective into macroeconomic research
and policy formulation. The purpose of the program is to continue
to build upon and expand the knowledge network of economists working
on gender, macroeconomics and macroeconomic policy formulation.
Key activities of the 2012 program consist of a) an intensive Summer
Institute to be held in Krakow between July 17th and 26th, and b)
an international symposium to be held in Krakow on July 28 and 29th
on''Economic Crisis in Europe: Towards Gender-Equitable Macroeconomic
Policy-making and Economic Governance''. Up to thirty Fellows will
be admitted to the program.
Eligibility: The program is for economists
in academia, research institutions, government, civil society organizations
and in international development institutions. Partial or full funding
will be available for up to 20 fellows. The Fellows of the program
will be required, at a minimum, to have completed two years of study
in an economics Ph.D. program and have passed their qualifying exams,
or have its equivalent such as a master's degree in economics. These
requirements may be waived only under exceptional circumstances. The
program will be conducted in English. Final selection criteria will
include the objective of achieving gender balance and country balance
in the composition of Fellows.
The current initiative expands upon and contributes to long-standing
efforts undertaken by GEM-IWG, an international network of over 400
economists from over 70 countries. GEM-IWG was formed in 1994 for
the purpose of promoting research, teaching, policy making and advocacy
on gender equitable approaches to macroeconomics, international economics
and globalization. The Knowledge Networking Program was launched by
GEM-IWG, in 2003. The Program has two objectives: (a) to develop capacity
in research, teaching, policy-making and advocacy in this area; (b)
to increase knowledge networking by strengthening the links among
practitioners working on gender, macroeconomics and international
economics. (please see www.genderandmacro.org
Applications must be received by June 18th, 2012, but they
will be processed as they are received. Only completed applications
will be reviewed. Those accepted to the program will be informed by
June 25th, 2012. Please see further below for application requirements,
the application process and the application form.
COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM
The fellows are expected to complete the full program
which consists of the following three components:
1) The Self-study Module will introduce
the Fellows to concepts of feminist economics and to basic concepts
of feminist approaches to macroeconomics and international economics.
Those participating in the course will be expected to have completed
the self-study module. Completion of the self-study module will ensure
that all the Fellows start from a common knowledge baseline and that
they will have had a chance to do the readings before participating
in the two -week workshop.
2) The Intensive Workshop which will
take place on July 17- 26th, 2012 at Jagiellonian University in Krakow,
Poland will address the problems posed by the self-study component
at a more advanced level. It will consist of lectures by the instructors,
discussion sessions and presentations by the Fellows. The process
will be participatory. The Fellows will have ample opportunity to
meet with other participants and instructors to discuss their current
and future research or teaching projects.
Fellows will be encouraged to work in a specific research area of
interest to them in macroeconomics or international economics during
the course. This may be related to a country that they are familiar
with; the process may be used to lead up to a research proposal; it
may entail a policy briefing or ideas for curriculum development.
The Fellows will be expected to make a presentation on their research
topic or on any other related topic that they have expertise on. They
are expected to participate in discussions that contribute to the
formation of sub-regional or thematic groups to promote knowledge
sharing in research, teaching, and policy-making beyond the duration
of the program. Examples of such groups formed during the past cycles
of the Global GEM-IWG programs include: GEM group on Time Use, Social
Accounting Matrices and CGE Modeling, GEM group on Gender and Poverty,
GEM group on Gender Responsive Budgets, GEM group on Gender and Taxation,
GEM group on Globalization, Labor Markets and Gender Inequity, GEM
group of Economists for Full Employment and Employer of Last Resort,
as well as regional GEM groups. The Fellows will have an opportunity
to meet and interact with some of the returning Fellows from the past
cycles during the workshop and the Symposium.
The list of instructors of the program is expected to potentially
include, among others, the following in alphabetical order: Rania
Antonopoulos (Levy Economics Institute, USA), Ragui Assaad ( Univesity
of Minnesota, USA), Lourdes Beneria (University of Barcelona, Spain),
Nilüfer Çagatay (University of Utah and Levy Economics
Institute, USA), Valeria Esquivel(Universidad Nacional de General
Sarmiento, Argentina), Jayati Ghosh ( JNU, India ), Indira Hirway
(Center for Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad, India), Ipek Ilkkaracan
(Istanbul Technical University, Turkey); Özge Izdes (Istanbul
University, Turkey), Manuel Montes (South Centre, Switzerland), Dimitri
Papadimitriou (Levy Economics Institute), Antonella Picchio (Modena
University, Italy), Sanjay Reddy (New School University, USA), Ewa
Ruminska-Zimny (Warsaw School of Economics, Poland), Gül Ünal
(UNDP, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, New York), Mariama
Williams ( South Centre, Switzerland) and Anna Zachorowska (Jagiellonian
3) The Symposium on ''Economic Crisis in Europe:
Towards Gender-Equitable Macroeconomic Policy-making and Economic
Governance'' will take place on July 28- 29, 2012 also at the Jagiellonian
University in Krakow. The Fellows are expected to attend the symposium,
which will be open to the wider public, namely to other interested
researchers/academics, policy-makers/bureaucrats, international development
organizations, members of NGOS and the media.
Detailed information on course content, list of instructors, purpose
of the course as well as the symposium program will be posted on the
as well as on the main GEM-IWG website www.genderandmacro.org,
which also has more information on GEM Institutes that have been held
in the past and conferences for previous cycles.
COSTS OF ATTENDANCE AND
Up to twenty Fellows will be funded. For the fellows
who are fully funded by the program, the following will be provided:
economy round trip air travel; accommodation and meals during the
workshop and the symposium; instruction; course and self- study materials;
and symposium participation fees. The cost of local transportation
to and from the airport and the venue of instruction will be the responsibility
of Fellows. In addition, those Fellows who need to obtain visas will
be covering the costs of their visas on their own. Fellows are expected
to obtain travel health insurance for the period during their stay
in Poland. Fellows who are self-funded need to cover the costs of
accommodation and meals, instruction, course materials and symposium
participation (3,200 euros in total), and the cost of their air travel
and local transportation.
The deadline for the completed
applications is June 18, 2012.
The applications can be made on-line at the
This is the preferred method of application. If you have problems
with the on-line application process, please submit the application
documents by emailing them to Joanna Duda (email@example.com
Kindly note that for applications to be processed,
all the required documents must be uploaded on-line or be simultaneously
sent via e-mail.
Please be advised that the applications will
be processed and reviewed as they are received.
Application requirements are:
The completed application form for admission
(Please see below and also on the website)
A Curriculum Vitae
A personal statement which should include a description
of the applicant's background and current work in economics, interest
and/or background in gender studies, background and /or interest
in macroeconomics, background and/or interest in international economics,
motivation for taking the course, how s/he plans to use the knowledge,
skills and networks gained in the program, and how s/he
expects to contribute to the course and more generally to knowledge
networking in the future. This statement should be between
500-750 words. The statement should address all these areas.
A letter of recommendation from someone who is
familiar with the applicant's work in economics.
For those whose main language of instruction
during their education was not English, some proof of English proficiency
test (e.g., TOEFL) will be preferable, but other proof may be accepted
(e.g. a sample of written work in English).
For applicants who are currently enrolled in
a Ph.D. program or who have obtained a Ph.D. or M.A. degree in the
last two years, a copy of their transcripts in the Ph.D. or the
Please fill out the Application Form on-line. You
will be able to upload your CV, personal statement and all the other
required documents on-line as well. The recommendation letter needs
to be uploaded by the recommending person separately.
If you have difficulty with the on-line application process, please
submit them by email. Items a, b, c, e and f
should be sent by the applicant via email to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
. Item d (the recommendation letter) should
be signed and scanned on the recommender's institutional
letterhead and should be sent by the recommender directly email@example.com,
with a subject line ''recommendation for Mr., Ms. ……''.
ITEMS a,b,c,d,f should be sent together;
the subject line should include the following: GEM application and your
last name ( e.g. GEM application Mary Smith)
For inquiries, please contact:
Co-Director, GEM- IWG
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Utah,
Salt Lake City, Utah and Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute, New
Co- Director, GEM- IWG
Director, Gender Equality and the Economy Program
Levy Economics Institute, New York, U.S.A.
Ewa Ruminska- Zimny
Host-country co-organizer of GEM-IWG 2012 Summer Institute
Lecturer, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland.
Host-country co-organizer of GEM-IWG 2012 Summer Institute
Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.